Mayor plans to apply to feds, province for funding to fix deteriorating seawall

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SYDNEY, N.S. - The mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality says he will request funding from the provincial and federal governments to repair a deteriorating seawall in a tiny village.

Cecil Clarke says at a meeting on April 9 he will recommend that council begin the process of applying for about $1.2 million worth of short-term repairs for the 70-year-old structure in Gabarus.

Clarke says the applications would be made to Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield's office and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

He says those departments would decide if there is an appropriate program that can provide funding, as neither the provincial or federal governments accept responsibility for the seawall.

Clarke says the municipality is also willing to take on contracting and implementing the repairs.

He says the request comes after meeting with Ashfield, Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner and Alfie MacLeod, a Progressive Conservative member of the legislature.

Residents of Gabarus say high winds and pounding surf further twisted the 400-metre structure in several places and blasted some planks and beams onto the beach on Friday.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Gabarus, SYDNEY

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